British Columbia’s most informed political commentary comes not from people at rewrite desks in the Legislative Press Gallery but from a retired — but not retiring — newsman. I refer, of course, to Rafe Mair, whose recent work should not be missed. (Find it HERE and HERE.) It includes an assertion that, while true, is seldom discussed in corporate media:
Canadians are governed by a fraudulent charade called a “parliamentary democracy”…
In a parliamentary democracy the voter transfers his rights to his member of parliament to exercise on his behalf – the trouble is, by running for his political party, the MP assigns your rights to the leader for his exclusive use!
Sean Holman, formerly a political reporter in Victoria, now a journalism professor in Calgary, produced WHIPPED (linked HERE), a video documentary that reinforces Rafe’s assertions. It shows how party discipline transforms Canadian politicians into “trained seals.”
Sadly, although the disease may be diagnosed, a remedy is impossible as long as the population tolerates a handful of people using financial muscle to control political organizations. Democracy may be weakest of all in British Columbia because here, greed is a guiding quality of the ruling elites.
Vested interests dictate policy; eager officeholders and corporate journalists acquiesce, like puppies, sniffing for treats from the masters.
More Rafe Mair, from Ian Jessop’s June 10 program on CFAX1070: